How To Build a Model Skyscraper

If you're curious about how to build a model skyscraper, you're in good company, as many city planners, architects and others involved in the construction of their towering, real-life counterparts likely got started just like you. Here are some tips to get you started.

Map A Design
The most important step in building any kind of skyscraper is creating a solid blueprint. Use some graph paper and plot out your structure to scale, then determine how many inches or centimeters equals a floor. This is important, as it will dictate how far apart the model's windows will be located.

Determine Your Materials
If you're going with a bare-bones approach, then there's a plethora of materials you can use-cardboard, wood, or even Styrofoam. The most important thing to keep in mind is just how you plan to use the structure. If you're going to want it to last, and hold up for show, your best bet is purchasing a kit from a hobby shop.

Putting The Fronts Together
Take two of the fronts and place them standing up on their bottom edge. Place them together at a right-angle with the corner strut of one touching the non-strutted edge of the other. Apply a bead of wood glue along the outward-facing side of the corner strut. With the glue spread on the corner strut of the one front, stand both fronts upright and join them together, letting the glued side of the strut contact the inside of the other front.

Mounting the Lateral Frames
Place the building on its side. Take a square dowel and measure cut it to the distance between the two corner struts which are laying down. Glue the piece and let it dry. Then pick up the whole building and rotate it to the next side and lay it back down. Repeat the same process when you install the lateral brace between these two struts. Repeat twice more until you have the whole bottom of the building framed out.

Gotta Raise The Roof
Simply cut a piece of plastic/cardboard/what have you that fits the dimensions of the roof area. Apply glue on the exposed edges of the fronts, and voila. 

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